Archive for February, 2014
With the start of the New Year, we decided it was a great time to give back to the communities we live and do work in. What better way to raise money than by including our fans on social media to help? This is how we created the idea for our Morrie’s Gives Back Like Drive!
Here’s how it worked, we have $10,000 in donations and two great local organizations, The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota and Perspectives. Using Facebook as our voting platform, we asked our fans to vote once per day for their favorite charity for 30 days. Each vote from fans raised $1!
We are excited to announce that with your help, we were able to raise a total of $4,137 for Perspectives and $5,863 for Make-A-Wish MN!
Thank you to everyone who participated in our like drive and voted daily. We couldn’t have done it without you! Check out our video below to hear about how these great organizations will use the funds raised to help individuals in the community.
Over the past couple of months we have been doing quite a bit of remodeling and construction down here at Morrie’s 394 Hyundai. The work being done has been mostly focused on improving our customer experience through our service department. Ultimately we want to make your stop a speedier and more positive stopover each and every time you’re here. We have just about finished a completely redesigned car wash which is much more efficient than the previous one we had installed.
As a customer you will now have the option to purchase a “speedy pass” which will allow you, without even getting out of your car, to run through the wash during our business hours. You can always stop inside and have one of our car wash agents run the car through for you as well. We decided to go with 5 dryers (that’s 50 HP of dryers!) instead of the usual 3 commonly used on a car wash which is really making sure you’ll leave with a dry and happy car.
We also have installed new service garage doors which really add a much warmer feel to the service department as a whole inside and out. Above and beyond that a window was installed to easily see where to head once you pull into the garage. Now you can see the service writers waiting to help you just inside the door. They are waiting at their newly designed desks which allows room for our express lane for added ease when you arrive for your next express service visit.
All these things coincide together to make your service visit to Morrie’s 394 Hyundai a smooth and enjoyable experience. Remember you can always book your next service appointment online at Morrie’s394Hyundai.com under our service tab. If you have a Bluelink equipped vehicle you can follow the voice activated system in your vehicle to schedule your next service visit. Stop by and check out Morrie’s 394 Hyundai new and exciting look for yourself today!
The Twin Cities Auto show is right around the corner and we are excited to announce that we are once again giving away free tickets!
This years show will feature the latest models from all of the brands offered here at Morrie’s! The show kicks off on March 8th and runs through March 16th at the Downtown Minneapolis Convention Center. Exhibits include over 39 new models with an estimated $15 million worth of vehicles on display.
Now about those free tickets…obtaining them is easy! All you have to do is head over to Morrie’s Minneapolis Autoshow, fill out the form and pick out the tickets from the Morrie’s location closest to you!
We are excited for the 40th annual Twin Cities Auto Show and look forward to seeing you all there!
If you frequent the Morrie’s blog often you probably know that we have been traveling to the major auto shows to get live coverage of all the latest debuts. We didn’t make it out to the Chicago Auto show this year but we didn’t want to let it pass by without giving you a recap of all the hottest unveiling a from some of the brands that we carry here at Morrie’s.
We were very excited to hear that Kia debuted their much anticipated first battery-electric vehicle sold In the US, the 2015 Kia Soul EV! The Soul EV is equipped with a 27 kW-hour battery pack that will allow for more miles of range than the competition. Despite being an electric vehicle, the EV doesn’t look bad under the hood. A 109 horsepower electric motor will deliver around 400 lb/ft of torque. The quick charge port, located in table the front bumper, provides accessibility when drivers need to easily plug-in. We look forward to having our first electric Kia here at Morrie’s!
Another exciting debut was the unveiling of the 2015 Subaru Legacy! The beautiful new Subaru was redesigned with more space on the interior and added luxury features to give drivers added comfort. The 2015 model will be longer, wider and lower than its predecessor. Two available engine options, a 2.4-liter flat four, or 3.6-liter flat six produce 175 horsepower and 174 lb/ft of torque where the 3.6 liter produces 256 horsepower and 247 lb/ft of torque. Technology systems in the car include a 6.2 inch touch screen infotainment system with a larger display, text messaging abilities,satellite radio, dual USB ports, iTunes tagging and ambient interior lighting. Available features on the 2015 Legacy include the Eyesight Camera Safety system, blind spot monitoring and navigation. Look for the 2015 Subaru Legacy on sale at Morrie’s this summer!
Hyundai also debuted their Veloster RE:Flex edition in Chicago as a follow up to the RE:MIX Veloster that they introduced at SEMA in 2012. The RE:Flex edition features 18-inch chrome wheels and multiple chrome accents on the exterior of the vehicle. This special edition model will only be available not he base Veloster model which features a 1.6 liter engine and a 6-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. Exterior color choices include Boston Red, Ultra black! Vitamin C, Century White and Ice Pearl. Drivers can also choose from a either black or red leather interior. Will you be one of the lucky 3,000 buyers to get their hands on this limited production, special edition Veloster? We hope so!
Lincoln also brought their updated Navigator to the show wearing bigger wheels and a 3.5 Liter Ecoboost engine to replace the V8. Though the redesign wasn’t drastic, we are really looking forward to seeing the updated Navigator on our show floor at Morrie’s Minnetonka Ford Lincoln soon! Check back on our blog soon for live coverage from the upcoming Auto Shows including Minneapolis and New York!
Looking for a car free of gimmicks and empty promises? Take a look into the future with the new 2015 Mazda6. The Mazda6 is a mid-sized sedan equipped with classic and elegant features designed to meet all your expectations. This breathtaking ride is stylish, environmentally friendly and fuel-efficient. It is custom-designed with technology and luxury features engineered for optimum performance. “The mid-size sedan is the bread-and-butter of the automotive industry, a vehicle that finds its way into nearly every driveway and garage in America,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO for Mazda North American Operations (MNAO).
Mazda6 Trim Levels
The ’15 Mazda6 will be offered in three trim levels:
- Sport with a starting MSRP of $21,190
- Touring with a starting MSRP of $23,845
- Grand Touring with a starting MSRP of $29,895
The Sport and Touring come with a standard six-speed manual transmission. You can optionally upgrade to the six-speed automatic transmission. With that upgrade, you’ll also get Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio connectivity, HD Radio™ technology, Pandora® Internet radio, audio menu voice command and a 5.8-inch, color, touch screen display and rearview.
On the Grand Touring model, the six-speed automatic is the only transmission offered. This option comes with Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC), Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW), a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), High Beam Control (HBC) and i-ELOOP and active grille shutters.
Mazda6 Color Palette
For all trims, the Mazda6 is available in six exterior colors, Blue Reflex, Meteor Gray, Jet Black, Snowflake White Pearl, Liquid Silver and Soul Red. Only two interior colors, black and almond are available.
Safety Features on the Mazda6
The 2015 Mazda6 is the ultimate mid-sized sedan when it comes to safety features. Distinguishing safety features include stability control, surround impact airbags, ignition disable security system and seatbelt pretensioners which automatically tighten seat-belts during a collision. There’s also the anti-whiplash feature that actively reacts to constrain the driver’s head to reduce the likelihood of head injuries during a collision. The new Mazda6 is unparalleled when it comes to finesse, reliability and safety. To learn more about Mazda6, call the experts at Morrie’s Mazda. You can reach us at (952) 977-7040.
Morrie’s Mazda, home to the Buy Happy® car shopping experience, is a Mazda dealer of choice in the Minnetonka and the Twin Cities metros. We serve car owners and shoppers with new Mazdas, used cars, expert auto repair, Mazda parts and Mazda accessories. Visit us at 13700 Wayzata Boulevard or call us at (952) 977-7040 the next time you need to buy or service your vehicle.
We brought our #PackTheBack KIA Soul!
The 30th annual Wayzata Chilly Open took place this Saturday on Lake Minnetonka and we were out there with our Pack The Back KIA Soul! The Wayzata Chilly Open is presented by the Wayzata Chamber and North Memorial Health Care and is the largest most well-known golf tournament held on a frozen lake!
We thought the Chilly Open would be a great opportunity to bring out our Pack the Back Soul and give attendees the chance to win a 3-year lease on a 2014 KIA Soul!
The chilly open is a Minnetonka-area favorite, drawing in a large crowd of brave participants, despite the cold temperatures. The outdoor event is known for its unique twist on mini golf, tasty chilly cook-off from participating local restaurants, live music and much more. Participants play the game with hockey sticks or golf clubs paired with tennis balls. Each hole is unique and different with sponsors bringing fun and different activities to each one. Make sure to check out some of the fun costumes we spotted in the photo album below. We look forward to seeing you next year!
If you didn’t get out to the chilly open, don’t worry! You still have until the 16th of March to enter to win! All you have to do is follow these three easy steps.
- Visit Morrie’s Minnetonka Kia
- Guess how many items are in the “Pack the Back” Kia Soul
- Use the iPad kiosk to submit your entry!
When I was offered the chance to drive and review the new 2014 Nissan Rogue for the Morrie’s Automotive Group Blog, I was a little apprehensive at first. You see, the previous generation didn’t really offer much to get excited about with its bland styling and lackluster features. Over the last few years, Nissan has made a really strong commitment to updating and improving their entire vehicle lineup with more exciting vehicles with more modern features. And with that in mind, I drove over to Morrie’s Brooklyn Park Nissan and picked up a 2014 Nissan Rogue SL AWD in Super Black with an Almond tan leather interior and carrying a sticker price of $30,625.
For those that don’t know, the SL trim level comes standard with just about everything you could want in a small crossover. While there is a $1,900 Premium package that includes a panoramic moonroof, LED headlights, and safety features like blind spot warning, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and moving object detection, the standard Rogue SL still has a lot of standard features to offer. The two-stage heated seats were especially nice during this recent cold snap and I also really enjoyed using the 7” touchscreen navigation system. From a safety aspect, one feature that really sets the Rogue apart from its competition – which includes the Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape, Honda CRV and Toyota Rav4 – is the Around-View Monitor. By utilizing 4 cameras around the vehicle – one in the front grille, one integrated into the hatch door, and one under each mirror – a bird’s eye view of the Rogue’s surroundings can be displayed on the screen making it a piece of cake to park the Rogue in tight parking spots.
One of the most impressive technology features in the 2014 Rogue is the latest NissanConnect 2 infotainment system with NissanConnect Apps. The apps are somewhat limited at the moment to Google local search, Facebook, hands-free text messaging assistant, and internet radio options such as Pandora and iHeartRadio but plenty more will be trickling out soon. For now, Rogue owners will just have to keep looking forward to Twitter, Trip Advisor, and Yelp, as well as more internet radio options like Stitcher, TuneIn, and Slacker Radio. Add to that a wide range of location-based services provided by SiriusXM’s Travel Link like traffic and weather information, nearby fuel prices, stocks and movie listings and it’s not hard for the driver to always be connected.
One minor gripe, however, was that Nissan took it upon themselves to disable any of the services that require typing on the touchscreen while driving. It makes sense from a safety standpoint but there were occasionally times when I was in the middle of searching for something on Google at a stoplight when it turned green and I’d have to wait until I stopped again to finish. Luckily, most of the features allow the driver to use voice commands to get around the touchscreen lockout.
Speaking of driving, the Rogue has everything you need to get through these snowy Minnesota winters. I was particularly impressed by the intuitive all-wheel drive system that only sends power to the rear wheels when slip is detected and spends the rest of the time driving only the front wheels for better fuel economy. Along with the AWD, the Rogue features hill start assist and hill descent control, meaning that you’ll never have to worry about getting stuck while trying to go up or down a slippery slope again. At the heart of the drivetrain is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder making 170-hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. The engine is surprisingly zippy but it felt harsh at times and the continuously variable transmission (CVT) took some of the fun out of driving it. I guess that’s the price to pay for the claimed best-in-class fuel economy of 33 MPG though. That being said, I averaged about 24 MPG during my time with the Rogue which included a 60/40 mix of city and highway driving.
It’s also worth mentioning that the suspension tuning was relatively firm which made for pretty sporty handling through the corners but it could be a bit harsh when going over potholes and cracked pavement. Luckily, the seats are soft and supportive, which helped to soak up most of the roughness transferred through the suspension. At least the interior stayed pretty quiet at speed. Both road and wind noise were kept to a minimum as far as I could tell.
Looking back at the three strongest points offered by the 2014 Nissan Rogue, I’d have to say I was most impressed by its technology which allows the driver to easily stay on top of their connected life while on the go. Personally, I also feel that Nissan really hit it out of the park in the looks department; this new Rogue has muscular, chiseled body lines and an aggressive, angry nose that is accented perfectly with LED daytime running lights along the bottom of the headlights. It’s distinctive and marks a huge improvement over the soft, bland styling of the previous model. Lastly, the Rogue offers a huge amount of room and storage space for the passengers. Even with a 6-foot tall driver, there was still plenty of room for rear seat passengers as well as a huge trunk area that could easily swallow up a couple of dogs or some camping gear. If you were like me and never really considered the Rogue to be much of a contender in the small crossover segment, I can promise you that the 2014 Rogue is worth a second look.
Guest blog post written by: Alex Bellus – a well-known automotive photographer in the Twin Cities area and a frequent attendee of MN C&C at the Automotorplex. He is an Automotive Analyst for IHS Automotive and has a wide range of automotive knowledge. Keep your eye out for his next Blog Post where he will highlight another popular new vehicle!